Our Lord's Trial before the Sanhedrin
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
This one sentence is selected because custom demands a text; but in reality we shall follow the entire narrative of our Lord's trial before the high priests. We shall see how the Sanhedrim arrived at their unrighteous sentence, and what they did afterward, and so, in a sense, we shall be keeping to our text. We have just been reading three passages--John 23:12-24; Mark 14:53-65; and Luke 22:66-71. Please to carry these in your minds while I rehearse the mournful story.
The narrative of our Lord's grief, if it be carefully studied, is harrowing in the extreme. One cannot long think of it without tears; in fact, I have personally known what it is to be compelled to leave my meditations upon it from excess of emotion. It is enough to make one's heart break fully to realize the sufferings of such an One, so lovely in Himself and so loving toward us. Yet this harrowing of the feelings is exceedingly useful: the after result of it is truly admirable. After mourning for Jesus we are raised above our own mourning. There is no consolation under heaven at all like it; for the sorrows of Christ seem to take the sting out of our own sorrows, until they become harmless and endurable. A sympathetic contemplation of our Lord's grief so dwarfs our griefs that they are reckoned to be but light afflictions, too petty, too insignificant, to be mentioned in the same day. We dare not write ourselves down in the list of the sorrowful at all when we have just seen the sharp pains of the Man of Sorrows. The wounds of Jesus distill a balm which heals all mortal ills.
Nor is this all, though that were much in a world of woe like this; but there is a matchless stimulus about the passion of the Lord. Though you have been almost crushed by the sight of your Lord's agonies, you have risen therefrom strong, resolute, fervent, consecrated. Nothing stirs our hearts' depths like His heart's anguish. Nothing is too h ...
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